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The “Keto Diet” – Is this for Me?

Is it just a fad and something that creates rapid UNSUSTSAINABLE, UNHEALTHY weight loss? NO, this approach is truly a step to the more correct kinds of foods we should be consuming in our regular, daily diets. And actually is more the way we used to eat 75 years ago when we did not have […]

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Mushrooms: Clean, then Cook, then Eat

Mushrooms are edible fungi. The common scientific name is “Agaricus”, though there are different names for different species. They are essentially Saprophytes, plants without chlorophyll which thrive by extracting nutrients from dead and decaying plant and animal matter. That’s why they can grow well with no soil and in dark places. They vary greatly in […]

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Lower Your Cholesterol

One of the more advertised supplements in the last few years is beta – Sitosterol (B-Sitosterol) These (and the related phytostanols) are naturally occurring compounds found in vegetables, nuts and seeds with varied health benefits: They lower cholesterol, LDLs and serum LDL-C. – This is good? Right? – Yes and effective. We have also heard […]

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Dr. Julie Monica Discusses Diet, Quality of Life and Nutrition

Three things you’ve got to watch are the timing of meals, what’s in the meals, or the quality of the meals also the quantity. The timing – when we eat, to keep our blood sugar at a certain level so that we can stay energized and stay mentally invigorated and keep blood sugar levels throughout […]

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Yogurt and Your Probiotic Gut – Health

Yogurt has been a mainstay in “healthier” diets in the US since the 70s. But what is this stuff? As most of us know, yogurt comes from milk. – Active, living cultures transform pasteurized milk by way of fermentation to create this now, all American, snack. The two organisms most commonly used for the process […]

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Sports Drinks vs. Energy Drinks:

Sports drinks and energy drinks are quite different products; Sports drinks are beverages that contain carbohydrates (sugar), minerals, electrolytes and flavoring and are intended to replace water and electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise. In contrast, the term “energy drink” refers to a very different type of beverage containing substances that are nonnutritive stimulants; caffeine, […]

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Does Tea Count as Part of my Water Intake?

More research on hydration actually has to be done but – Yes. Other heavily caffeinated coffees and teas and especially sugary juices and sodas are not included here. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that non-caffeinated, green and herbal teas dehydrate. These teas do not dehydrate and also contain potent polyphenols […]

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What does nutrition have to do with Hypothyroidism? – A lot!

Hypothyroidism disease is becoming one of the most common auto immune (AI) conditions we see today. Patients seek my clinical counseling for this problem or we discover with testing, that it is in fact a part of a patients’ challenge to some degree. This equates altogether to approximately 25% of my practice, overall. A very […]

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Is Broth the New Black?

What’s all the buzz? – A functional food with value and whose time has come. This hot, clear satisfying liquid provides 20 gms. of protein in just 16 ozs. The broth comes in a powder or liquid form and is often combined with sage, ginger, curry and other herbs in these prepared products. It’s available […]

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Not Your Typical Weight Loss

This is probably not the first article that you have read on weight loss so let me get right down to the point, the focus of my approach with my patients; I address weight loss as much as I address the factors of “dis – ease”. These are the physical, endocrine, gastrointestinal and neurological factors […]

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Fat and Oil Consumption – What’s Wrong?

Healthful, non-animal fats are oils; nut oils, sesame and most popular, olive oil. These are for sautéing which means lower cooking temperatures and coconut and avocado oils for higher and frying temperatures. Vegetable oils which we see most often in commercial foods, soy, corn, canola and even cottonseed oil and other blended vegetable oils are […]

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Glycemic Index: A Closer Look

We’ve all heard the term Glycemic Index Factor (GIF) but what is it really and what are its clinical applications for managing chronic, degenerative diseases? As the term GIF does not contain the word diet, it is not a diet. It is a way to measure foods’ carbohydrate content. Any food that contains carbohydrates has […]

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